Central Oregon cares. We’re a kind and connected community, and this year we’ve seen true local heroes step up and help. With incredible and unprecedented challenges resulting from the pandemic and devastating fires, we’ve seen kindness, support, empathy, and action from those ready to lend a hand to their neighbors and community members.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
This GivingTuesday, and all year round, here are local giveback resources and several ways to help those in need in our Central Oregon community:
This incredible annual giving program from the Source Weekly and What If We Could offers 75 ways to help and give back in Central Oregon. How it works: 1. Peruse the Give Guide, 2. Choose nonprofits to support, 3. Earn great perks when you donate! View the guide and start donating here
Support local agencies who offer community support
Commute Options, The Environmental Center, Embark Bend, Central Oregon LandWatch, Oregon Natural Desert Association and other non-profits and organizations have worked together in an effort to support community members throughout Central Oregon with this robust list of agencies supporting those impacted the most from COVID-19. If you want to help, or if you need help, this list is a great place to start – View the list here
Support those who need food
1 in 5 children and 1 in 8 adults are food insecure in Deschutes County. Here are three places to help those experiencing food insecurity right now:
- The Bend Food Project: An innovative, new way to fight hunger in our community. You want to help. We make it easy. Be a food donor – learn more here
- The Giving Plate: Feeding the hungry today with compassion & hospitality. Donate money and/or food – learn more here
- NeighborImpact Food Bank: Helping to feed Central Oregon’s children and families. Donate money, food, or help in other ways – learn more here
Support our children
There are more than 2,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect in Central Oregon each year. Over 300 children are currently in foster care as of August 2020 (source: CASA). Additionally, an increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them (source: Boys & Girls Club). Here’s how to support our children right now:
- Boys & Girls Club: A safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens – Here’s how to donate
- Casa of Central Oregon: CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. They are community volunteers who do what no one else does – they advocate solely for the best interest of children and youth in foster care. When you donate for Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020 your gift will go twice as far. All donations will be matched by the family of a local generous community member; click here to donate
- KIDS Center: A medical model Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse. Thanks to the support of the community, KIDS Center can serve children and families impacted by child abuse at no cost. With your help, families never receive a bill from KIDS Center, allowing them to focus on their healing without financial strain – Here’s how you can help
- MountainStar Family Relief Nursery: On a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through community support and therapeutic services that help vulnerable children and families succeed – Here’s how to donate
Support our veterans – Central Oregon’s Veterans Outreach
COVO’s mission always has been – and always will be – to help Veterans and their families and those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Every dollar helps support services for Veterans, their families, and others in need – Here’s how you can help
Support the places we love – Deschutes Land Trust
Working to ensure the places that we all love and cherish in Central Oregon today are protected for future generations. From protecting the songbirds that flit about in the willows to keeping our creeks and rivers healthy to sharing the wonders of nature with our community, the Deschutes Land Trust is leading the way in Central Oregon. Donate on Giving Tuesday and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000 – Support the Land Trust and double your impact on Giving Tuesday!
Support our furry friends – Humane Society of Central Oregon
HSCO serves companion animals and Deschutes County by providing physical, medical, and behavioral care for thousands of abandoned, neglected, and abused companion animals each year, and facilitates the adoption of companion animals into loving responsible homes. You can help by volunteering your time at the shelter, donating money, or volunteering at the HSCO thrift store
Support the performing arts – Tower Theater
The performing arts bring us together and help make sense of issues affecting us. That is why, especially during this pandemic, the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation feels it imperative to uphold our mission as Central Oregon’s leading performing arts organization and continue making essential contributions to our region’s lifestyle and sense of community. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount ensures the Tower maintains its role as the hub of arts and culture for our entire region. To contribute to the Tower’s efforts text “Popcorn” to 44321 or learn more and make a donation here.
A global generosity movement
GivingTuesday is a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
- Pandemic-Partners on Facebook – It’s simple – if you need help, ask. If you can help, respond out of the goodness of your heart. This can include running errands, picking up groceries, getting help with technology to stay connected to loved ones, etc.
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